Plus, county rescinds McDonald Farm request for rezoning.
 
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Sunrise 7:33 a.m. | Sunset 6:17 p.m.

 
Love us, or love us not
Earrings that are shades of pink, red, and purple that are shaped in hearts with Valentine messaging on them.
Whether in a cozy corner at home or sat at an intimate bar, this guide is the one for you. | Photo by The August Sisters
Call us your not-so-secret admirer because we’re here to give you all the ways to spend Valentine’s Day around Chattanooga — from ex’s to oh’s.

💖 For the gals, pals, and Als

NOOGAtoday, Cupid Tomorrow, The Historic
Join the editors on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for an inaugural Valentine’s market with 20+ local vendors offering handmade goods and live experiences. This event is free and open to all.

A Galentine’s Social, Parkside Hall
Pop by this market put on by Kait Makes and The Chattery to shop from local vendors + enjoy live experiences and cocktails on Sunday, Feb. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bachelor Watch Party, Shady’s Corner
Watch this hit ABC show outside with other patrons starting at 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 12. The bar will be handing out free roses, popcorn + have wine deals. Note: This spot is 21+.

A board that says "Book Dates for Book Nerds" that has enveloped filled with date ideas tacked to it.

Share the love across town.

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💘 Cupid’s corner

Book Dates for Book Nerds, Winder Binder
If you’re looking for some date inspo, head to this NorthShore bookstore to get an envelope full of five book-themed dates for you and your loved one.

Liqueur Flight Experience, Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery
Spend some quality time in the intimate setting of this distillery’s bar while you try a special flight featuring three sold-out experimental batches paired with truffles from The Hot Chocolatier. Tickets are $25 per person.

A flight of whiskey with six glasses and six bottles behind it.

Chattanooga’s own Love Potion No. 9.

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Photo by Chattanooga Whiskey

🖤 Alexa, play “Love Stinks”

Anti-Valentine’s Day Party, The Boneyard
Escape Cupid’s arrow at this 21+ party dedicated to those who don’t like the holiday on Saturday, Feb. 10. Starting at 8 p.m., you can jam with local band We Are Us.
 
 
Events
 
Friday, Feb. 9
  • Purple Posh Estate Sale | Friday, Feb. 9-Sunday, Feb. 11 | 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | 1025 River Hills Circ., Chattanooga | Free+ | Sort through three generations of belongings from a home owned by “The Purple Lady” Sonia Young.
  • “Seven Guitars” | Friday, Feb. 9-Sunday, Feb. 11 | Times vary | Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St., Chattanooga | $22-$27 | See the August Wilson play that is described as a “bawdy comedy, part dark elegy, and part mystery” — for mature audiences.
  • Candlelight: A Tribute to Queen and More | Friday, Feb. 9 | 8:45-10:45 p.m. | First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1505 N. Moore Rd., Chattanooga | $41.50-$70 | Enjoy the music of Queen during a live, multi-sensory experience under the glow of candlelight.
Saturday, Feb. 10
  • Origami 101: Valentine’s Day Gifts | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 12:30-2:30 p.m. | The Chattery, 1800 Rossville Ave., Chattanooga | $25 | Learn how to make paper gifts like puzzle cards, gift boxes + paper flower bouquets that will never wilt — an ASL interpreter will be present.
  • Curator’s Talk: TK Smith | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Stove Works, 1250 E. 13th St., Chattanooga | Free | Hear from this guest curator to learn about “Hand to Mouth,” a group exhibition that explores movement and performative gestures.
Sunday, Feb. 11
  • Sunday Studios | Sunday, Feb. 11 | 2-4 p.m. | Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View, Chattanooga | Free | Join The Chattanooga Public Library for art-inspired programs — admission is free with your library card.
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News Notes
 
Development
  • Hamilton County Mayor Weston Wamp recently announced the county will rescind its request to rezone parcels of land at McDonald Farm to evaluate alternative options. The decision came after officials conducted “thorough analysis and valuable input from Sale Creek residents.” (Chattanoogan.com)
Community
  • The Salvation Army of Chattanooga will host its annual Super Bowl Watch Party for unhoused neighbors at its Recreate Cafe located at 800 McCallie Ave. Doors will open at 6 p.m. + close at the end of the game. Note: Food will be provided to attendees. (Chattanoogan.com)
Edu
  • Chattanooga Preparatory School is expanding its campus with a new building on the corner of Union + Orchard Knob Avenues. The new facility will house a cafeteria and additional classroom space.
Arts
  • Applications are open for the Performing Arts League’s 2024 performing arts scholarships and grants. Read more about eligibility and requirements + submit your applications by Friday, March 1.
Concert
  • In celebration of the music + poetry of the Harlem Renaissance, the UTC Fine Arts Center will host the Core Ensemble for a performance on Friday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Get your tickets to see “Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance” online or by calling 423-425-1423.
Ranked
  • Ironman Chattanooga was ranked in both the 2023 Global Ironman Athletes’ Choice Awards + the 2023 North America Athletes’ Choice Awards. Notably, Chattanooga secured spots in the top five rankings across four out of the five categories.
Try This
  • Anyone up for a cold plunge? Folks are invited to attend the Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 10:30 a.m. at the Chickamauga Dam day use area. Bonus: Complimentary coffee will be given to keep you warm afterward. RSVP by texting 423-718-1838.
Sports
  • Planning to watch the Super Bowl this Sunday? Stream it with a Paramount+ with Showtime subscription — get 30 days free with code GOAT.*
Announced
  • We’re excited to share that 6AM City, our parent company, closed its Series A funding round led by the media company, TEGNA. This partnership means continuing to deliver the same hyper-local news and events while expanding our reach to new readers and communities. Learn more.
 
 
Civic
 
🗳️ Do it for your civic duty (and the cool sticker)
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Find out when and where to vote early in the 2024 primary elections. | Photo by NOOGAtoday
A few months back, we released some important need-to-knows of our upcoming presidential and county primary election, slated for Tuesday, March 5. Now, let’s get into early voting.

Early voting will run from Wednesday, Feb. 14 through Tuesday, Feb. 27 (Mondays through Saturdays). Here are the area voting locations — check hours of operation.
  • Election Commission | 700 River Terminal Rd.
  • Chris L. Ramsey Sr. Community Center | 1010 N. Moore Rd.
  • Hixson Community Center | 5401 School Dr., Hixson
  • Hwy 58 Volunteer Fire Training Center | 9108 Snow Hill Rd., Ooltewah
  • Soddy-Daisy Community Center | 190 Depot St., Soddy-Daisy
  • Chestnut Hall at The Commons | 4750 Swinyar Dr., Collegedale
Bonus: You can download your preferred sample ballot to prepare or request a mail-in ballot by Tuesday, Feb. 27.

Early voting not your thing? Stay tuned for more details as we approach our election day. Pro tip: You can check where your designated polling location is now.
 
The Buy
 
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Member’s Corner
 
Happy birthday, NOOGAtoday members Anthony Mannino and Gail Shiminski. We hope your special day is filled with your favorite things in Chattanooga! — NOOGAtoday team
 
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If this newsletter doesn’t have you feeling the love yet, then hold on to your hearts. The Chattanooga Humane Educational Society will be hosting a “Lonely Hearts” adoption event on Wednesday, Feb. 14 — animals that have been in the center’s care for 90+ days can be adopted for free. View the candidates on Instagram.
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